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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Mond
Title
MOND, Frida (c1847-1923)
Date(s)
1794-1831
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
5 boxes, 15 outsize boxes, 5 outsize items

Context

Name of creator(s)

Mond, Frida, c1847-1923, wife of Ludwig Mond, benefactor of King's College London, Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, Von, 1749-1832, poet and playwright, Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich, Von, 1759-1805, writer

Administrative / Biographical history

Frida, daughter of Adolf Meyer Loewenthal of Cologne, born c1847; married in 1866 her cousin Ludwig Mond (born in Cassel, 1839; came to England, 1862; prominent manufacturing chemist and philanthropist; Managing Director of Brunner, Mond & Co Ltd); two sons (Sir Robert Ludwig Mond, 1867-1938, chemist, industrialist, and archaeologist; Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett, 1868-1930, industrialist, financier and politician); homes at the Hollies, Farnworth, near Widnes, then Winnington Hall, near Northwich, and latterly the Poplars, Avenue Road, Regent's Park London, the Palazzo Zuccari, Rome, and Combe Bank, near Sevenoaks; widowed, 1909; member of the Council of the English Goethe Society; endowed a Goethe Scholarship Fund of the Goethe Society, 1911; friend of Sir Israel Gollancz; died 1923; a benefactor of King's College London; also endowed a British Academy lectureship and prize on Anglo-Saxon and English.

Archival history

Frida Mond bequeathed the collection to King's College, which received it in 1923. Some items appeared in a temporary travelling exhibition, 'The Life and Work of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 1749-1832', organised by the Goethe Institute, London, in 1982.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

In 1981 the manuscripts, artefacts and portraits were transferred from the German Department, King's College London, to King's College Archives. A few items may be additions to Mrs Mond's original collection.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Collection of Frida Mond relating to German literature including poems and letters, 1794-1831, by and concerning Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and a manuscript page (undated) of Wilhelm Tell by Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller; portraits, busts and reliefs of Goethe and Schiller, some of which (including some photographs) are copies of original material held elsewhere; other relics and memorabilia relating to them, some postdating their deaths; and relics comprising jewellery, clothing, hair, possessions and portraits of Lotte Buff (Charlotte Buff, 1753-1828, friend of Goethe 1772).

System of arrangement

Framed pictures; Unframed pictures, engravings, and photographs; Busts, reliefs, etc; Autograph letters and poems; Lotte Buff relics; Various; Miscellaneous Goethe ephemera.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

German

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Besides manuscript material, there are oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, engravings, prints, photographs and artefacts.

Finding aids

Draft catalogue available online and in hard copy in the Archives reading room.  Also, Henry Gibson Atkins, The Frida Mond Collection at King's College: a Descriptive Catalogue [1923-1924].

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Existence and location of copies

Some transcripts and translations held at King's College.

Related units of description

Frida Mond bequeathed some 300 volumes relating to German literature, especially Schiller and Goethe, to King's College Library, received in 1923 and described in Henry Gibson Atkins, The Frida Mond Collection at King's College: a Descriptive Catalogue [1923-1924]. Marble statues of Sappho and Sophocles bequeathed by Mrs Mond stand in King's College old entrance hall.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: brief description in King's College London Manuscripts and Private Papers: A Select Guide (1982); Henry Gibson Atkins, The Frida Mond Collection at King's College: a Descriptive Catalogue [1923-1924]; King's College Calendar 1924-5, p 491; Who's Who and Dictionary of National Biography entries for Ludwig Mond (1839-1909), Sir Robert Ludwig Mond (1867-1938) and Alfred Moritz Mond, first Baron Melchett (1868-1930) (all of whom also appear in the National Register of Archives); J M Cohen, The Life of Ludwig Mond (Methuen, London, 1956), which includes information on Frida Mond; Derek Van Abbe, Goethe (1972); National Register of Archives.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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Subjects

  • European literature
  • German literature
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • National literatures
  • Poetry

Personal names

  • Buff, Charlotte, 1753-1828, friend of Johann Wolfgang Friedrich Von Goethe
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, von, 1749-1832, Poet and Playwright
  • Mond, Frida, c 1847-1923, wife of Ludwig Mond, benefactor of King's College London
  • Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich, Von, 1759-1805, Writer

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

Places

  • Germany

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